HomeNewsBriefBolivia Seized 10 Narco Planes in 2012
BRIEF

Bolivia Seized 10 Narco Planes in 2012

BOLIVIA / 20 DEC 2012 BY JACK DAVIS EN

Bolivia's anti-narcotics agency announced it has seized ten planes and destroyed 10 clandestine landing strips so far this year, indication of the country's importance as a transit point and air bridge for the South American drug trade.

Colonel Gonzalo Quezada, director of Bolivia's Special Anti-Narcotics Police (FELCN), made the announcement on December 18, adding that the planes had a total value of $1.5 million, reported La Razon

Quezada stated that the planes were being used to create an "air bridge" connecting Peru to markets in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, and that this method was being employed because of interdiction efforts of land routes along the Peru-Bolivia border.

According to La Razon, in 2012 Bolivian authorities also discovered 37 cocaine processing laboratories and have seized some 36 tons of cocaine, much of which came from Peru.

InSight Crime Analysis

The discovery of ten "narco" planes so far this year is likely represent but a fraction of successful drug flights passing through Bolivian airspace.  For example, Paraguay's anti-drug agency SENAD estimated in August that between 3 and 5 drug flights enter Paraguay every week, the majority of which come from Bolivia. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime highlighted this route last year as a path being increasingly favored by cocaine smugglers.

The Bolivian Ministry of Defense is pushing for a law that would allow the military to shoot-down down illegal flights moving through Bolivian airspace which do not respond. In addition to this, Bolivia's interior minister, Carlos Romero, announced last month that the country had agreed on a set of protocols with Peru and Brazil which would allow the shoot down of suspect flights.  

Peru is due to install two radars installations along its border to help track drug flights, while Brazil recently agreed to allow Bolivia access to its radar stations, as Bolivia lacks its own facilities, Romero stated.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COCA / 4 NOV 2021

Though the amount of coca in Peru has been the subject of recent debate, reports indicate that coca crops have…

BOLIVIA / 8 NOV 2022

The Amazon is being plundered at an accelerating rate. Deforesters across Bolivia and Ecuador are emboldened to clear trees for…

BRAZIL / 26 JUL 2022

Indigenous communities in Brazil are using drones to fight deforestation and the frequent assaults of loggers on their lands.

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Coverage Continues to be Highlighted

3 MAR 2023

This week, InSight Crime co-director Jeremy McDermott was the featured guest on the Americas Quarterly podcast, where he provided an expert overview of the changing dynamics…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Organized Crime Top 10 Attracts Attention

24 FEB 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published its ranking of Venezuela’s ten organized crime groups to accompany the launch of the Venezuela Organized Crime Observatory. Read…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime on El País Podcast

10 FEB 2023

This week, InSight Crime co-founder, Jeremy McDermott, was among experts featured in an El País podcast on the progress of Colombia’s nascent peace process.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Interviewed by Associated Press

3 FEB 2023

This week, InSight Crime’s Co-director Jeremy McDermott was interviewed by the Associated Press on developments in Haiti as the country continues its prolonged collapse. McDermott’s words were republished around the world,…

THE ORGANIZATION

Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…